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  1. Across the county, through the week: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful information from around the county for today, and this week.

    Major breaking developments will appear on the Cumbria news page and we will be back on Monday from 08:00

    If you want to get in touch with news or send us a photo you can email us, or tweet in our direction.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Cold, with showers at first and later

    BBC Weather

    Showers will ease for a time this evening, but further showers are expected overnight and it will still be rather breezy.

    It will feel cold, with lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by typing in your location here.

  3. It's a bad day: Chamber boss worried by fashion firm crash

    The financial troubles of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, the high street chain which has its head office in Carlisle, could have a significant impact on the city,according to Cumbria's chamber of commerce.

    The company, which only moved to a newly renovated building in castle Street two years ago, is appointing administrators and close to collapse, according to documents filed with the High Court.

    The group, which owns Peacocks, Jaeger, Bon Marche and Austin Reed, employs 24,000 across 11,000 shops.

    The chief executive of the Cumbria chamber, Rob Johnston, said it could be a great loss.

    Rob Johnston
    Quote Message: This is early days yet, we're not sure what's going to happen to the company and it could be that Philip Day and his team pull part of the company back together again and it it isn't all gone, but it's a bad day." from Rob Johnston
    Rob Johnston
  4. Police seek four men who robbed woman on mobility scooter

    Police in Carlisle are looking for four men who robbed a woman riding her mobility scooter.

    The woman, said to be in her 50s, was not hurt but was said by police to be in "great distress".

    Police van

    Two of the men who took money from the woman on St Nicholas Bridge in the city at around 10:00 yesterday are said to be 6ft tall, and all were said to have European accents.

    Det Sgt James Aiston said: “While the victim was uninjured, this is clearly an incident which will have caused great distress."

  5. Time is short: MP warns Barrow as virus spreads

    More than 60 people are being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals serving the south of the county.

    Twenty are in the Furness General in Barrow, where local leaders have asked the Government to impose tougher restrictions to reduce the rising rates of infection and prevent further deaths.

    They say simply urging people not to mix households has not reduced the increase in cases.

    The Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness, Simon Fell, says the town could be looking at a high level lockdown, which would damage the economy, within a few weeks unless the rate of infection can be reduced.

    Simon fell
    Quote Message: These aren't cases, single incidents, think of a super-spreader going into a pub and infecting 10 people, these are cases being picked up in the community almost ramdomly, which suggests the virus is there, it's present and it's just spreading." from Simon Fell
    Simon Fell
    Quote Message: We are roughly three weeks away from where we were at the start of the crisis in terms of our hospital getting full of coronavirus patients and the consequent knock-on effect on anyone else trying to get care in hospital, so we've got a very short window to turn this around." from Simon Fell
    Simon Fell
  6. Police appeal for sightings of wanted man

    Police have appealed for sightings of Florin Antonescu, who is wanted in connection with burglaries in the Kendal area and Lancashire.

    Florin Antonescu

    Officers say he is 27, and has connections in the area, and also in Preston, Blackpool and Manchester.

  7. Pollution-fighting bin gathers kilos of plastic each day

    This bin, bobbing about in Whitehaven harbour, is the first of a fleet of six being set afloat to capture plastic pollution.

    Sea bin

    The bins filter out micro-plastics, the tiny fragments into which discarded bottles and other items break down, which can otherwise cause damage to sea life and the environment.

    They need to be emptied once about 2kg (4lb) of particles are collected and this one, the first of a fleet of six, is already filling up several times a day.

    The project scheme was the brainchild of the staff and youngsters from the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project, and the bins were paid for by Sellafield Ltd’s Social Impact Multiplied programme.

  8. Homes plan deferred over concern about school places

    A decision on whether to approve a controversial planning application for 80 homes in Carlisle has been delayed.

    City councillors were due to decide on the plans for Deer Park at a meeting today, with a recommendation to approve, although local people had said the land was a haven for nature.

    Now a ruling has been deferred to a later meeting amid uncertainty over county council efforts to provide more primary school places in the north of Carlisle.

  9. Police 'no parking' figure outside school gets run over

    Cumbria's police have frequent local campaigns to reduce the numbers of parents parking on the zig-zag lines that guard school gates.

    One parent clearly failed to get the message...

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  10. Police hold two men after finding large cannabis farm

    Police have found what they say is a large cannabis farm in a building in King Street, Wigton.

    Officers are questioning two men from Albania.

    Police logo
  11. Carlisle-based fashion chain 'close to collapse'

    Edinburgh Woolen Mill, the high street fashion chain which has its head office in Carlisle, is appointing administrators and the firm is close to collapse, according to documents filed with the High Court.

    Global House, HQ of Edinburgh Woollen Mill

    The company, which owns brands like Peacocks and Jaeger and in 2018 it moved its head office from Langholm in the Scottish Borders to Carlisle, wrote to staff this morning, warning that lockdown had hit sales very heavily.

    In total 24,000 jobs are at risk, and insolvency specialists will spend ten days on an urgent review before action is taken.

  12. Barrow manager 'happy to see end of transfer window'

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Former Swansea City front man Courtney Baker Richardson has arrived at Barrow on a free transfer and could be in line for a debut tomorrow when the Bluebirds host Leyton Orient at Holker Street.

    Barrow manager David Dunn can't wait to see the back of next week's transfer deadline but the Bluebirds boss says he still has his eyes on a couple of further additions.

    David Dunn
    Quote Message: We'll perhaps do one or two more but generally I'm really happy with how the squad's looking, we'll have a really good 22." from David Dunn
    David Dunn
  13. Cumbria's weather: Chilly with showers, some heavy

    BBC Weather

    It will continue to be a showery day today, accompanied by brisk northwesterly winds.

    The showers will be frequent, and with the odd heavy downpour, and it will be rather chilly, with highest temperatures from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

  14. Conservationists disappointed as new road gets consent

    Planners have given consent to the £144m Carlisle Southern Link Road, which will complete a ring of better roads around the city for traffic heading towards West Cumbria.

    The road is central to plans for St Cuthbert's, a "garden village" that will eventually have up to 10,000 homes, and the decision will disappoint conservationists.

    But Lorayne Wall, a planning officer for Friends of the Lake District which campaigns to preserve landscapes, says the building of what amounts to a new suburb was an opportunity to encourage cycling and public transport.

    St Cuthberts map
    Quote Message: We need to be doing things in different ways, not just working on the same models as we have been in the past, which has caused all the problems we're now trying to fire-fight against." from Lorayne Wall
    Lorayne Wall
  15. Cumbrian councils given cash to pay for 'Covid marshals'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Money is being distributed in Cumbria to pay for "Covid marshals", tasked with encouraging people to follow lockdown rules, but without legal powers.

    Just over £250,000 will be carved up among district councils: Allerdale getting £51,260; Barrow £44,060; Carlisle £55,848; Copeland £40,804; Eden £23,700; and South Lakeland £40,602.

    Robert Jenrick

    Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for local government, says they will be for "light touch" enforcement.

    Type one marshals will be high street helpers with a soft approach and advising and guiding members of the public to put on face coverings, use hand sanitisers, and answer questions.

    Type two marshals will not be shy in coming forward and will prevent groups mixing, along with going into local businesses to advise on the best way to behave and be seen out and about during the night-time economy.

  16. County lines drug runner 'had grown up in care'

    A teenager county lines drug runner who escaped through a window as police raided a flat in Kendal had been unable to secure a settled life after leaving care, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

    Taylor Thompson

    Taylor Thompson, 18, fled as officers arrived to arrest another man who had been seen selling drugs, but was arrested afterwards with cocaine, heroin and £2,000 in his possession.

    Phil Barnes, defending, said Thompson, of Viaduct Street, Newton-le-Willows, had been put to work after accruing a drug debt, adding: “He is, to put it in simple terms, a class county lines runner.”

    Thompson admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, and possessing criminal property, and after reading reports on his background, Recorder Andrew Nuttall sent him to a young offenders’ institution for two years.

  17. Pub puts drink order on hold as Covid-19 restrictions loom

    People in Barrow are waiting to hear about the new restrictions they could be facing, following a rise in cases of Covid-19.

    Health leaders and politicians have asked the government to impose tougher rules and if ministers approve the request, it would be against the law for people from different households to mix indoors, or in private gardens.

    Pubs, restaurants and cafes will also be affected and Lynda Henderson, landlady of The Ambrose Hotel in Barrow, says she hasn't bothered ordering any alcohol for next week.

    Ambrose Hotel
    Quote Message: We normally put our order in on a Thursday and have it delivered on Friday, but we haven't done it at all this week, it's not worth the risk if you're going to be shut down.
    Quote Message: We're definitely going to need more help from the government, you need to help the staff, they still need the wages, they've still got bills to pay, we've still got bills to pay." from Lynda Henderson
    Lynda Henderson
  18. River gets its bends back to reduce risk of flooding

    Ben Maeder

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A project is underway to the south of Penrith to put bends back into a straight section of the River Leith.

    The idea is that putting the bends back will reduce the risk of flooding, and help wildlife.

    River with new bends

    The work has been planned by the Eden Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.

    Quote Message: It slows the flow down, it gives us much better habitats, it's much better environmentally, but also it creates storage of water, so that's much better for flood risk, also it also helps us when we're looking at drought so it's making us more climate resilient as well." from Sharon Kennedy Environment Agency's area manager for Cumbria
    Sharon KennedyEnvironment Agency's area manager for Cumbria
  19. Weather on the fells: Low cloud and a strong cold wind

    • Temperature at 3,000ft (900m): Around 3C (37F)
    • Winds: Strong westerly with gusts up to 45mph
    • Cloud: Bases generally around 2,000ft to 2,600ft (600m to 800 m), but these will sink during any showers
    • Weather: A mostly cloudy day, with frequent scattered showers throughout, chilly at the summits with a strong wind chill
    • Visibility: Poor visibility above 2,000ft (600m), and during any showers, moderate to good elsewhere
    • UV Index: 1-2 (low)